London Lawyer's Son, The
DESCRIPTION: A lawyer's son leaves his fiance for two months, returns to find her married to rich squire, and dies of broken heart. His ghost haunts her until she dies, admitting she must "answer for great offence"
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (Thompson-Pioneer)
KEYWORDS: grief infidelity love marriage return separation death money ghost
FOUND IN: US(MA)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Thompson-Pioneer 12, "The London Lawyer's Son" (1 text)
ThompsonNewYork, p. 382, "The London Lawyer's Son" (1 excerpt)
NOTES: The only other record I have seen for this song is an entry naming, and giving the first line for, a broadside sold 1800 or later in Boston: #3284, "The Perjur'd Female Lover or, London Lawyer's Son," ("Behold a London Lawyer's Son, A pretty Youth, nigh twenty-one") (Broadsides, Ballads etc Printed in Massachussetts 1639-1800 (Boston,1922), p. 434.) - BS
Last updated in version 4.0
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.